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Manira Ahmad

Head of Local Intelligence, NHS National Services Scotland

Manira joined NHS National Service Scotland in May 2015, and was appointed to lead the deployment of Local Intelligence across Health and Social Care. Within the first year the Local Intelligence Support Team (LIST) were embedded across all Integration Authorities in Scotland and resulted in co-designing linked data across multiple care sectors to support improved decision making for individuals.

In 2016 LIST was awarded “Customer and Partner Engagement” excellence for the transformational leadership in utilising intelligence to support a step-change in cultural and operational innovation. In April 2016 Manira’s remit increased, providing analytical support deployed across Scottish Government. From 2017 Manira has been accountable for developing the intelligence and informatics offering across Primary Care to support the newly formed GP Clusters, whilst designing a “whole systems” approach by transcending boundaries across health, social care and community.

Zahid Deen

Director, Digital and Service Transformation, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, The ALLIANCE

Zahid actively works to increase citizen and third sector participation in innovative digital health and care. He is project director of ‘Our GP’, one of the largest co-design projects undertaken in Scotland, through which citizens and professionals collaborated to design future GP digital services.

Zahid brings 15 years’ experience in digital and previously worked as a Policy Manager at the UK communications regulator, Ofcom and was the Scottish Government’s Head of Telecommunications Policy.

Dr Margaret Whoriskey, MBE

Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Scottish Government

Margaret is responsible for the  national Technology Enabled Care Programme which is aiming to support at scale deployment in Scotland.  She also has a lead role in development of policy on Technology Enabled Care and has a sponsorship role for the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare. She is active in  the European arena and European Innovation Partnership (EIP).

Up until November 2015 Margaret was Director of the Joint Improvement Team (JIT)  in Scotland having joined  when it was established in 2005. The Joint Improvement Team was  a unique partnership between the Scottish Government,  Local Government  (CoSLA), NHS Scotland, the Third, Independent Care and Housing sectors, tasked with accelerating  the pace of local change and  improvement in the quality of Scotland’s health and social care and support services.

Margaret trained as a clinical psychologist and worked in clinical and managerial positions in  the NHS  for many years.  From 1998 , and prior to joining JIT, Margaret has worked in a national capacity  with the Scottish Health Advisory Services  (latterly NHS Quality Improvement Scotland) and as a commissioner with the Mental welfare Commission for Scotland.  


Pennie Taylor

Health Journalist and Broadcaster

Pennie Taylor is a freelance journalist and broadcaster who specialises in health matters. A former BBC Scotland Health Correspondent, she has also worked for a number of newspapers including The Sunday Herald and Scotland on Sunday.

Pennie has a particular interest in public involvement in NHS development, and has led national and local consultations on a range of issues. Having worked as Head of Communications for the-then Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust between 2000 and 2002, she knows how things operate inside the health service as well as on newsdesks. This gives her a uniquely informed perspective from which to approach, and stimulate, debate.  


Angiolina Foster CBE

Chief Executive, NHS 24

Angiolina was appointed as NHS 24's Chief Executive in December 2016, having been interim Chief Executive since March of that year.

She began her career in local government, where she gained extensive operational management experience in Scotland’s two largest local authorities – Glasgow and Edinburgh. 

In her work with these unitary authorities, she gained a strong reputation for driving-up service quality and maximising value for citizens.  Over this period, she developed a keen personal interest in customer-led performance improvement.

From 2001 to 2014, Angiolina held a number of senior positions within the Scottish Government, leaving there to become Chief Executive of Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Angiolina is proud to work in public service and takes inspiration from the many dedicated people with whom she works.  She was made a Commander of the British Empire in 2011.

Linda Morrow

Independent Living Advisor, DLF

Linda Morrow has enjoyed a varied career focussing on community healthcare. She began work as a District Nurse in Edinburgh before specialising in Continence Care. After 10 years of strategically developing continence services across Lothian she moved to the Care Commission to provide expert advice throughout Scotland. Linda then moved into the third sector having been given the opportunity to strategically develop community services for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.

She now works as Independent Living Adviser for the Disabled Living Foundation. Her current role is responsible for raising awareness of DLF services across Scotland, and identifying opportunities for engagement which will ensure that individuals living with long term conditions or disabilities have access to the equipment they require to facilitate independence and self-management.   

Sarah Moorhead

Head of Electronic Health Record Delivery, Digital Informatics Team, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Sarah Moorhead Head of Electronic Health Record Delivery for the Digital Informatics Team.

With 16 years of Digital Health Experience whose current role is providing leadership for the Digital Transformation for Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust in their Development of its Electronic Health Record. Helping to guide the growth of its EHR from 5 electronic forms and 362 disparate systems to a full home grown EHR with 152 systems integrated in real time, earning a place on the One Health Tech 70 Influential Women.

Following the LTHT ethos of clinical leadership the clinical teams vision informs the Trusts Digital strategy and direction. With a wealth of experience from working with a spectrum of stakeholders the EHR Delivery role has been pivotal to ensure that this vision permeates professional and organisational boundaries, to deliver transformational digital healthcare. Meeting the requirements of the Clinical Teams to improve patient care, outcomes and experience that supports our clinical teams to deliver the best care to our patients in an efficient and effective manner. This is the Leeds Digital Way. 

David Alexander

Chief Executive and Platform Architect, Mydex CIC

I have been involved in health and social care systems and data for a large part of my working life working.

Over the last 10 years I have created an asset and mission locked community interest company and digital public trust platform designed to help people manage their personal data and identity in all contexts of their lives. 

A significant element of this has been within health and social care. Person Centred Design is fundamental to success and for that to work requires data to flow securely and safely.

Empowering individual's to take an active part in setting their own policy, preferences and intentions on how their data is being used and for what purposes by whom and when is core the future and data led service redesign. Get right here, gets it right everywhere for all.

Mydex CIC work across local clusters of organisations helping make data flow securely whilst reducing friction, effort, risk and cost and ensuring GDPR compliance and trust. Mydex CIC provides a neutral underpinning layer of the emerging personal data and identity ecosystem.

All too often the approach taken is organisation centric, with talk of monetisation of data and a fixation on specific technology as opposed the implementation of core principles such data independence, portability, interoperability and the need for independent certification of services so they can be trusted. 

Chris Wright

Service Development Manager, NHS 24

Chris has been working in the NHS in Scotland for over 15 years.  His work has focused on the implementation, design and development of unique services and systems. During this time, Chris has been responsible for a number of initiatives and developments in the field of digital mental health.

For the past 4 years, he has worked in NHS 24 as the national implementation lead for cCBT in Scotland.  Leading on the EU funded MasterMind project and Scottish Government funded cCBT TEC project he has been working in partnership with the 14 territorial Health Board areas to expand and improve accessibility to cCBT treatment across the country.  

Chaloner Chute


I lead on DHI’s technical strategy and am responsible for the way DHI support and delivers technical innovation. My main contribution is to apply systems thinking and methodologies in support of the overall DHI innovation model – creatively applying technology in ways that can bring about whole system change.

I have five years working in digital innovation, 4 years working in public policy (Scottish Government and Parliament) and have had project, programme, and portfolio management training and experience (2 years as a project manager for the NHS, 1 year as a programme manager for the NHS, 3 years as a portfolio manager for the DHI). My specialism is in Clinical Decision Support, Health & care technology and unscheduled care.

I am devoted to the idea that citizens can be empowered to take an active role in their own wellbeing. Health and care services need to learn how to work with people on their own terms. I think digital health offers tools to achieve this, and the DHI has the fresh perspective necessary to reconceive of the relationship between the citizen and those who might care for them.

Dr Lesley Holdsworth

Clinical Lead for Digital Health and Care, Scottish Government

Lesley is a SG Clinical Lead for Digital Health and Care with a specific responsibility for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health and was named Digital Impact Leader 2018 and Digital Team leader of the Year 2018 at the UK Digital Health Awards. Information and how it’s used to support meaningful improvement has shaped much of her career. Lesley was instrumental in developing the proactive national NMAHP ehealth network which also supports a national leadership programme run through NES which has seen over 190 graduate to date. She has held a number of national positions over the last 20 years including most recently, Programme Director at HIS ealthcare Improvement Scotland and Head of Health Services Research & Effectiveness.  In 2010, she was seconded to NHS 24 as Allied Health Director to lead the development and efficacy for a national point of access to MSK services and self management information supported though technology www.nhsinform/msk.co.uk  . During this time, as a Winston Churchill Fellow she visited Australia and New Zealand to explore digital solutions. Despite having wide ranging multiprofessional interests, her longstanding major research interest over the years has been in establishing the efficacy of patient self referral systems both nationally and internationally about which she has widely published and presented. Lesley was made a fellow of the CSP in 2002 in recognition of this and her wider work.

Colin Sinclair


Colin joined NSS in 2008 initially as Logistics Director and then as Director of National Procurement.  He has since been Director of NSS’ Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities Business Unit before being appointed Chief Executive on 1st August 2016. 

He has over 25 years’ experience in the logistics, supply chain and procurement sectors working for a range of large public ltd companies in the manufacturing and logistics fields. Prior to joining NSS Colin was Regional Operations Director for a major UK logistics business where responsibilities included business development and customer account management.  

Colin’s career has been in the service sector and he brings this experience to his current role with a focus on providing high quality customer service, understanding and working collaboratively with customers and stakeholders and delivering new services to meet changing needs.

Mark Fleming

Scottish Government NMAHP Digital Health and Care  Clinical Lead and Nurse Consultant Digital Health and Care, NHS Ayrshire and Arran and Scottish Government  Digital Health and Care

Mark was born in Dumfries; Scotland however he has lived and worked in Ayrshire for the last 29 years.

He completed his Registered Mental Health Nurse Training in Dumfries in 1989 and also has a BSc in Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in the Management of Health and Social Care. He has continued his learning in Health Informatics at Masters Level.

Mark worked clinically as both a hospital and community based Mental Health Nurse for many years in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.

In 2003 Mark was seconded from his clinical post to manage a programme of work developing Integrated Care Pathways and exploring how the use of a Digital Health and Care systems could support both patients and their carers’ journey through mental health services.

In 2007 Mark moved part time to Healthcare Improvement Scotland as one of 3 National Integrated Care Pathway coordinators for Mental Health Services.

Mark worked on that programme at Healthcare Improvement Scotland until 2014. He then moved to the Scottish Government where he is now one of the Digital Health and Care Clinical Leads for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals.

Marks role in Ayrshire and Arran has also evolved over the years and he currently the Nurse Consultant for Mental Health and Digital Health and Care across the local NHS system and their 3 Health and Social Care Partnerships.

Murdoch Carberry

Head of Service Development, NHS 24

Murdoch leads NHS 24’s Service Transformation Programme, which is developing and testing new service models, to find better ways of managing demand and providing access to health and care. Previously Head of Reform and Change Management at Renfrewshire Council, Murdoch has extensive experience in social care information systems and has been closely involved in initiatives to develop technology support for data sharing and collaboration. In a career encompassing voluntary, private and public sector roles, Murdoch has managed: Social Work IS/IT, Business Administration, Customer Services, ICT and Programme/Project Management services. He has led and delivered a range of improvement programmes spanning strategic service redesign, ICT strategy and new ways of working.

Brian Duffy

TEC and Innovation Programme Manager, Loretto Care

Currently in a role where I work equally between Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, and Loretto Care/Wheatley Group. Over the last four years I have played a key role in helping to develop a learning and development environment for staff across Glasgow from all Public Sector an Independent organisations. I have also been able to develop a number of digital products which are now ready to be shared more widely.

My background is in Education/Social Work though I retrained in E-commerce technologies around 15 years ago. I’m an avid learner and over the last year have taken a number of courses in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

I believe technology will play a key role in delivering key outcomes for individuals, workers and organisations increasingly over the coming years especially given the current ageing population and financial constraints the Public Sector faces.

In my spare time I like to watch football, play the guitar and I also volunteer as a Panel Member in the Children’s Hearing system which is hugely rewarding, and I would wholeheartedly recommend to people to participate if they can identify the time to do so.

Steve Baguley

Clinical Lead, NES Digital, and Clinical Director of eHealth, NHS Grampian

Dr Steve Baguley is a consultant in Sexual Health & HIV and Clinical Director of eHealth for NHS Grampian. He has recently been appointed as one of the clinical leads for the NES Digital Service.

Steve has long had an interest in information management in healthcare, completing an MSc in Healthcare Informatics in 2008. He was appointed Clinical Director for eHealth in 2010 and sits on national groups that advise on Digital Health strategy and implementation in Scotland. In 2016 he spent a month exploring healthcare IT in Estonia, one of the nations at the forefront of healthcare digitisation.

Steve became a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics in 2017.

He has particular interests in benchmarking progress to promote clinical engagement and also focussing IT developments on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s quadruple aim.

In his new role at NES Digital he will be supporting the development of Scotland’s National Digital Platform.

Geoff Huggins

Director, NHS Education for Scotland Digital Service & Director of Health and Social Care Integration, Scottish Government

Geoff was Director of Health and Social Care Integration at the Scottish Government from 2014 to 2018 and before that was Head of Mental Health.

Alyson Scurfield


Alyson is a proven entrepreneurial, visionary leader of service transformation, service delivery and business development in Telecare, Telehealth, Support and Care, Customer Service and Housing Management.

Her career within Telecare commenced in 2002, she has held both operational and strategic positions within the Telecare Industry and is currently the Chief Executive for the TEC Services Association C.I.C. (TSA).  Alyson has led strategic development, implementation and risk management of the Association’s aspirational vision to grow the Industry at scale and enable the improvement of individual lives through technology.

Alyson is passionate about demonstrating how the use of technology enabled services can support health, housing and social care to simultaneously achieve local outcomes for the sector and individual outcomes for service users and their families and carers.

Dr Donald Macaskill

Chief Executive, Scottish Care

Dr Donald Macaskill is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the representative body of Scotland’s independent sector social care providers. The sector is the largest in Scotland comprising over 400 providers employing over 100,000 staff.

Dr Macaskill has worked for many years in the health and social care sectors across the United Kingdom, specialising in learning disability and older people’s work. A particular professional focus has been issues related to bereavement, palliative care and individual rights. For thirteen years he ran an equality and human rights consultancy in the United Kingdom and Europe.  In August 2018 he wrote ‘TechRights: human rights, technology and social care.’ after a summer of conversations with key digital and technology stakeholders, human rights and ethicists in numerous countries. His work  calls for a human-rights and ethical based approach to be developed around the co-design and implementation of AI, IoT and BigData especially within a social care context.

Paul Jennings

National Programme Manager, High Intensity Network

Paul is a former mental health specialist police officer. In 2012 he led one of the UK’s first Street Triage teams (mental health and police co-responding to crisis calls). Between 2013 and 2015, he designed and piloted a new team to better support the most frequent and risky crisis callers. This SIM model of care was accepted onto the NHS Innovation Accelerator programme in October 2016, which led to SIM being adopted by 11 NHS Mental Health Trusts in 2017 and 2018, with another 19 trusts likely to adopt in 2019.

In October 2017, Paul left the police service to work full time for NHS England, leading the High Intensity Network. SIM is now also supported by all the 15 Academic Health Science Networks across England.

Paul has over 20 years lived experience of clinical depression which at times has led to suicidal thoughts, being detained under the MH Act, being arrested for crisis-related behaviour and hospitalisation.

Martin Pollhammer

Chief Executive, East Lothian Housing Association

Martin has been ELHA Chief Executive for 12 years. Previously he has worked for various Housing Associations and Councils, in both urban, rural and coastal environments. ELHA became a .com company in 2008 and has led the development of digital self service within the housing sector.

Catriona Jamieson

Projects Co-ordinator, PAMIS

I’m a Learning Disabilities Nurse working for PAMIS a 3rd Sector organisation that supports people who have profound and multiple disabilities (PMLD) and their families.

PAMIS have a special interest in using technology to improve communication and underpin good care within this group of people, and have developed the PAMIS Digital Passport, a flick through e-book which acts as the voice of the person with PMLD, sharing information about their life, their care needs and their aspirations. Part of my role is to work with individuals, their families and the practitioners they involve in order to develop the passport. I also support practitioners to embed it in their practice, building familiarity and use within a variety of settings.

My wider background is within care, education and technology with an emphasis on helping people to access technology, particularly those who experience barriers and those who find technology more challenging. 

Professor George Crooks OBE

Chief Executive, DHI

Professor George Crooks is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges working with patients, service users and their families.

He was previously the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance. He is currently a Board member and past president of the European Health Telematics Association. He is also an adjunct Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark.

He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.

Richard Corbridge

CDIO, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust

Richard Corbridge is a globally recognised expert in healthcare strategy and digital technology, with over 20 years experience in the Health and Clinical Research Information sectors. Richard has a passion for business change and benefits management in health and very much insists on a focus on engagement and benefits being brought to technology implementation.

In late November 2017 Richard joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust as their first Chief Digital and Information Officer with a remit of bringing the ‘Leeds Way’ culture to the digital capability of the trust and ensuring that Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, one of the largest in the NHS, adopts a digital fabric to how it delivers health care by the end of 2019.

Prior to this Richard was the Chief Information Officer for the Health Service Executive in Ireland and Chief Executive Officer for eHealth Ireland. In the three years Richard was in Ireland he implemented a unique identifier for health, fully digitized the referral process, put in place Irelands first clinical information officers council, began the first epilepsy genomic sequencing programme globally, put in place the ability to implement a national lab system and a national maternity EHR

Sue Scotland

Service Development Manager, Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare/NHS 24

Sue  joined SCTT in May 2011 and  has Programme Lead responsibility for the Scottish Government's Technology Enabled Care Programme which includes Telecare and Scotland's transition from Analogue to Digital Telecare. Sue has previously led various National Programmes in Telehealth and spent 2 years on secondment working in Innovation with the Digital Health & Care Institute.

Sue is a Registered General Nurse who started her career in 1990, training at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Sue worked in Accident & Emergency, Neurology ITU and Cardiology before leaving to becoming a full time student at the University of Edinburgh to train as a social worker.  When qualified Sue worked for City of Edinburgh Council in the Supported Accommodation Team HIV/Aids and Drug Assessment and Rehabilitation Teams. Sue has also worked in the Third Sector.

Johnny Chagger

Data Protection Officer and Head of Information Governance, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust


Caroline Lamb

Chief Executive, NHS Education For Scotland

Caroline is the Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland, appointed in October 2015.

Caroline graduated from Kings College London and trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, working with clients including Castle Cement, Citibank, Nestle and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Caroline moved to Scotland and her first Director of Finance post was at Edinvar Housing Association. From Edinvar she moved into Higher Education, joining the University of Abertay Dundee as Director of Finance and then moving to the post of University Secretary and Director of Operations.

Caroline joined NES in 2004 as Director of Finance and Corporate Resources and Deputy Chief Executive and was appointed Chief Executive of the organisation in October 2015. Caroline is a Trustee of Circle, a Scottish Charity working with families affected by parental substance abuse and imprisonment; she is also a Non Executive Director of Tabula Rasa, a Scottish Dance Company.